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of the day. >>> president obama plans to nominate chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. reaction is already pouring in, some positive, some not. we'll have much more on the story in a moment. >>> pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected u.s. drone strike killed 17 people today. today's attack follows two suspected u.s. drone strikes last week that killed 15 people, including a taliban commander with ties to the pakistani military. demonstrators protested against drone strikes thursday and burned a u.s. flag. >>> parents in new york are on edge tonight waiting to hear if their children will have to find other ways to get to school tomorrow morning. the union representing the city's school bus drivers is threatening to strike in a dispute over job protection. they're concerned about a new bus contract that could mean some drivers would lose their jobs. if there is a walkout the city will provide some bus riders with free metro cards to ride public transit. in other cases, parents can apply for public transit refunds if they send their children to school by taxi. >>> league
. sources tell cnn that president obama will announce that chuck hagel is his nominee for secretary of defense. hagel has his share of critics, even within his own party. we'll have more on his expected nomination a few moments away. >> president obama signed into law today a $9.7 billion sandy relief package. the first legislative action. some were outraged after house speaker boehner canceled a vote on a much larger aid bill. sandy devastated parts of the northeast two months ago. lawmakers will consider a $51 billion aid package on january 15th. >> half of the residents of long beach, new york, remain homeless and still came out to say good-bye to a landmark. thousands witnessed the start of the demolition of the two-mile long brdwalk, damaged beyond repair by sandy. it will cost an estimated $25 million. the new bored walk should be ready in time for summer. >>> five men accused of brutally gang raping and killing a woman in india will appear in court. the five are charged with murder, rape and kidnapping the 23-year-old woman last month. they will appear in a fast-track court d
obama's inauguration. >>> bernie kosar has new hope after struggling from effects of concussions, the treatments he calls ground-breaking. >>> it looks like a wall of fire but the sky is not burning, it is a spectacular storm. "newsroom" starts now. good morning, thank you so much for joining us. i'm carol costello. we begin with new questions on the white house's search for ideas to curb gun violence in america. president obama vowed to bring together the vastly divided interests in the gun control debate. today those sides seem more polarized than ever. the nation's largest gun lobby the nra is angry and apparently backing away from the conversation, says the white house isn't really interested in a dialogue. >> we knew going into this meeting what the president's position on the so-called assault weapons ban it, is, he said no we've made up our mind on that. no, there's not going to be an agreement on that. >> today we're learning the nation's largest gun retailer is feeling slighted. walmart officials agreed to take part in the talks but in the end they didn't get to meet wit
, before the meeting yesterday, the vice president talked about president obama using perhaps executive orders to put in place some new gun regulations. that perhaps predictably outraged some conservatives. what are the kinds of things that the president could do without approval from congress? >> reporter: you know, one of the things the president could do with an executive order is streamline the background check process, one thing you've heard talked about. in addition, he could push states to share more crime and mental health information. that could head off some potential violent acts. the white house isn't saying specifically what it is that the president would do with an executive order. you heard the vice president say this is in the early discussion process, talking with the justice department about what is legally feasible. they're not laying it out specifically. just seeing it as a way to move quickly. as you know, they also are pushing things legislatively. you see sometime how thing move up on capitol hill. they believe this is just another option for the president to move
. the future of the u.s. troop residency in afghanistan is front and center this week. president obama expected to meet afghanistan's president, hamid karzai at the white house friday. focus to make sure there's a smooth security handover to the afghan government when nato forces leave afghanistan next year. it's still unclear how many u.s. troops will remain to train afghan security forces and focus on counterterrorism. chris lawrence outlines the proposals for the transition. >> reporter: the options are on the table. at the low end, a little more than 6,000 troops, mostly special operations forces hunting terrorists with a small amount of training for afghan forces. the 10,000 option would still focus on al qaeda, but would add conventional troops to expand afghan training. a 15,000 option would include even more conventional troops to go on limited patrols and give afghans even more support. some experts say, forget that last option. 15,000. >> it's not politically tenable in congress, it's not doable of a budget execution perspective. >> reporter: analyst stephanie sanok worked in baghdad
, they're going to stand with president obama at the white house to accept his nomination for defense secretary and cia director respectively. neither choice is a shock and neither is likely to have an easy go at the senate confirmation process because you know that's coming up. joining me now with the sin sights on this and the expert e expertise, gloria borger and chief national correspondent john king. in the interest of the new year's resolution to be positive, let's start with the pros, gloria borger. let's go over the list with chuck hagel as the starting point. he's a war hero. and he has two purple hearts from vietnam serving alongside of his brother. each of them saving each other's life which is a story unto itself. and he went on to represent a native nebraska in the u.s. senate and now he co-chairs the president's intelligence advisory board. that sounds like a pretty good cv, they say. what's not to like? >> well, if you're in the white house, you say that's the reason his confirmation should be smooth sailing. but, you know, he was a two-term senator and when you're a t
.s. senator chuck hagel. in four hours, president obama is expected to name hagel as his choice for defense secretary. that nomination could be bruising. hagel is known for being fiercely independent and the loudest outcry could come from hagel's own fellow republicans. they say he's the wrong choice to oversee the military. the combat veteran, who was badly wounded in vietnam, is openly wary of armed conflict. >> the pain, and we didn't have any medics there with us, and we did have some guys, again, that i think were in pretty bad shape. the morphine and everything was used for them. >> you know, if i ever get out of all this, i am going to do everything i can to assure that war is a last resort. that we, a nation, a people, calls upon to settle a dispute. the horror of it, the pain of it, the suffering of it. >> hagel won two purple hearts for his service in vietnam. he also saved the life of his brother, who was fighting alongside him. hagel has also long called for cuts in defense spending. national correspondent jim acosta is on capitol hill to set the stage. jim, some republicans say
. president obama is announcing his new cabinet choices that will shape the future of the u.s. military as well as defense policy and intelligence gathering. the next hour, two more cabinet nominees will be named. former senator chuck hagel for defense secretary and homeland security adviser john brennan for cia director. he has already picked senator john kerry as his nominee for secretary of state. president's choice, chuck hagel for defense secretary already coming under some fire. some republicans point to comments that hagel made back in 2007, that they perceive as anti-jewish. here is how south carolina lindsey graham described the decision to nominate hagel. >> this is an in-your-face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon. little, if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice. and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in-your-face term. >> want to bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. we no that the white house has been callin
tomorrow in washington. sources tell cnn that president obama is going to cross party lines and announce former republican senator chuck hagel as his nominee for defense secretary. but hagel has critics on capitol hill even among republicans. the question is his past views on several issues, including israel. >> chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history. >> we'll have more in a few moments. >>> help is on the way for people who lost so much during superstorm sandy. president obama signed into law today a $9.7 billion sandy disaster relief package. it was the first legislative action of the new congress. a larger sandy aid package will have to wait. lawmakers will consider $51 billion relief bill on january 15th. some people were outraged after house speaker boehner canceled a vote tuesday on the entire aid package. sandy devastated parts of the northeast more than two months ago. >>> syria's president bashar al assad got a standing ovation today moments before he gave a rare p
it involves weapons but a whole host of reasons, president obama over his first term issued 144 executive orders. former president bush, george w. bush issued 291 of these executive orders over both of his terms. so, this is not unusual for presidents to sort of go it alone if they don't believe they can get it done in congress. >> dan lothian reporting live in washington for us this morning. >>> in about four hours president obama is expected to nominate jacqk lew as treasury secretary. lew was a chief operating officer at citigroup. remember the treasury secretary is responsible for the nation's finance policy and his secure appear on all of your cash, at least the newly minted cash. everyone is wondering if jack lew will change what some people call his ridiculous signature. it looks like a slinky that's about to come unhinged. we're getting ahead of ourselves. >>> let's talk about something we know. let's talk who could be taking home an award. >> nominees best performance by an actor in a leading role or. daniel day lewis in "lincoln." denzel washington in "flight." hugh jackman in "
that tomorrow, president obama will announce chuck hagel as his nominee to be defense secretary. the former senator from nebraska is a vietnam war hero and served on capitol hill for more than a decade but his confirmation process isn't expected to be smooth. athena jones is at the white house and hagel, athena, has angered some lawmakers, many because of the positions he has taken up on middle east issues. what has he done that could cause challenges, say, for him here? >> reporter: well, that's right. even though this is a republican who served as nebraska senator for two terms, it sounds like a bipartisan choice but really, it's just going to be shaping had up to be another fight. one of the issues here that has angered the lgbt community is comments he made back in 1998 questioning a nominee for ambassadorship because that nominee was in his words, openly, aggressively gay p he has recently apologized for those remarks but these just a sampling. the big issues are -- more big issues on the foreign policy side. let's listen to what south carolina senator lindsey graham had to say about h
obama making another cabinet pick. the president will nominate white house chief of staff jack lew to replace timothy geithner as treasury secretary. tell us about jack lew. >> jack lew is the chief of staff known as a tough negotiator, someone who the president has complete trust in. in fact, when he was announced as the white house chief of staff the president talked about the trust that he had in him, talked about how he had taken a part in helping to right the ailing economy. this is also someone who has worked in a couple of administrations as the budget chief in this administration and the clinton administration and helped to cut the 1997 balanced budget deal. so the white house sees him as someone with a lot of experience, ready to take on some of the big challenges over the treasury department as we are facing the so-called mini cliffs, the big one, the debt ceiling, something he will have to deal with right away. >> when is the formal announcement of the nomination expected and another partisan fight down the road? >> very well could be. we have been trying to nail it down
. it comes as the obama administration considers taking all troops out of the country after next year. it's turning into a rough week for people trying to get to work in new york city. a bus collided with a school bus. this is old bridge in new jersey. at least 17 people on board were injured. two are reported in critical condition. the bus flipped on its side and not carrying any children. the driver was taken to the hospital. the bus crash comes a day after rush hour ferry slammed into a pier in lower manhattan. there were more than 300 people on board. 85 were injured. one critically. >> all of a sudden it went from going however fast it is going to zero. everybody went this way and then you went this way. >> it felt like you were in a car that ran into a tree. >> no immediate word on the cause of the crash. federal safety officials are investigating. >> 11 killer whales that were trapped by ice in a canadian bay are apparently free now. take a look here. these are the orcas desperately surfacing for oxygen in this 10-foot hole in the ice. a group sent to break up the ice said there is
, hamid karzai having lunch with president obama this hour. the two leaders hold a news conference in the next hour. president karzai's visit will help determine how many u.s. troops will remain in afghanistan after the drawdown in 2014. chris lawrence joins us. the white house floated the idea of a zero option, if you like, leaving no troops behind in afghanistan. what's the pentagon think of that and a lot of these people say that really complaint hean'. >> i would say at this point everything is probably still on the table, but you're right, that number zero definitely raise some had eyebrows inside the pentagon. in fact during a press conference yesterday, leon panetta said the stronger position that we take about staying committed and staying in afghanistan, you know, that's how we're going to ultimately get a political reconciliation. in other words, he felt that signaling that the u.s. may pull out all of its troops would weaken the negotiating position about those negotiations with the taliban ever got started again. now, the taliban, that's been one of their demands. all u
this nomination, this is something that those close to president obama feel good about, that they feel ultimately he will be able to clear the senate and this was something obviously that was out there for some time. and that this was a decision that the president came to perhaps not too difficultly. but i think something that struck me and we just heard what president obama said there, was that when he referenced that chuck hagel knows america stands strongest when it stands with allies, that seemed to be answering that criticism that some have had about his position on iran, some critics particularly republicans saying that he's been soft on iran, that he hasn't been a friend of israel, the white house has been emphasizing that while hagel has been skeptical as they put it of unilateral sanctions against iran, they have been stressing his votes, supporting sanctions against iran and the context of a coalition including the u.s. sort of opposing iran with the sanctions. and that is obviously something he'll emphasize in his confirmation process. the other thing, wolf, i think this factored into
. we've learned that president obama will nominate chuck hagel to be defense secretary. that will happen tomorrow. the former senator from nebraska is a vietnam war hero, he served on capitol hill for a decade. but his confirmation process won't be smooth sailing. hagel angered some lawmakers for supports talks with hamas. and supporting sanctions on iran. >> this is an controversial pick, he's an an ta tag nistic figure when it comes to iran. >> he would face tough questions about his opposition to the successful 2007 troop surge in iraq. >>> it's been two days since his plane vanished and the fate of vittorio missoni is still unknown. his priest plane left venezuela on friday, but never made it to caracas. so far, search crews have not spotted any signs of a crash. the missoni fashion house is known for its line of high-end knit wear. now to syria where president bashar al assad made a rare speech and was in rare form today as he blasted the opposition and defiantly resisted international calls for him to step down. cnn's mohammed jamjun joins us from syria. this was
years straight. people were fed up. he represents hope and change, the things that obama stood for in our country in 2008. >> how do you respond to the critics? "time" magazine quoted about the film, human rights defenders suffer harassment, prison conditions provoking hunger rights and of course amnesty international reporting on venezuela that, you know, these are the kinds of things that they are seeing and that there's widespread, you know, corruption in the government as well. >> there is corruption, and there's corruption in every government i've been to in south america and central america. i've traveled through the whole region and been involved in many projects and i have to say that, you know, this is vague, scandalous, blurry stuff they throw out at venezuela when you compare it to what the united states has done in chile and argentina, brazil in the past and what we did recently in honduras. i mean, there's no comparison. colombia. you go around the region, and you have a -- you know, the united states has an interest in and has made venezuela it's regional enemy in
a little later this hour live on the show. >>> still ahead, president obama announced his pick to replace tim geithner at the treasury department. how jack lew's influence will impact your wallet. >>> plus, lance armstrong, heading to oprah. but will he confess to doping? my next guest calls it ridiculous. don't miss it. aww man. [ male announcer ] returns are easy with free pickup from the u.s. postal service. we'll even drop off boxes if you need them. visit usps.com pay, print, and have it picked up for free. any time of year. ♪ nice sweater. thank you. ♪ and save hundreds with our best offer. get an adt security system starting at just $49 installed, but for a limited time only. that's an instant savings of $250. don't leave your family's safety to chance when you can take advantage of these savings now. call or visit adt.com/tv. both: i had a break-in. man: by the time we called the police, there wasn't much they could do. i felt so helpless. adt quickly called the police. i felt like it was over right away. feels like it's still not over. we lost our digital photos, financial re
of borrowing. what's president obama's strategy? brian todd has the answer to the trillion-dollar question. >>. >> reporter: the president says he won't negotiate with congress over lifting the debt ceiling. >> i will not play that game. >> reporter: republicans say -- >> the president may not want to have this debate, but it's the one he's going to have, because the country needs it. >> reporter: so while they debate over a debate and raise head-long into the dead ceiling, is there a magic bullet to solve the crisis? try a magic coin. some economists, legal scholars and now even a congressman, are suggesting a $1 trillion platinum coin could be minted and the government could use that to pay the debt, avoid default and preempt the debt kreeg crisis. democratic congressman gerald name and address or of new york says i'm being serious. it sounds silly but it's absolutely legal. why do you think it's a good idea right now? >> well, i think it's better than a government shutdown. it's better than defaulting on the debt. it's better than the bad at actives. >> reporter: and technically, it doe
a formal response, so president obama will decide whether i'm going to be deported or not, but i thought there was a clue to that decision-making process, which said they wanted to remind people they respect the right of freedom of expression, which is of course a constitutional right under the first amendment. about people who want to deport me for supposedly attacking the second amendment, which that's a flagrant -- the freedom of speech expression particularly with the press. it's noted there. i think that this debate has to be had the it has to continue, it cannot be allow to do die just because a story fades out after a couple weeks. there will be another mass shooting in america, and we knows this. the answer to sandy hook is not to do nothing. that's a moral and ethical -- >> i'm flat out time. but i cannot wait for tonight's program, because i know you have more coming. piers, thanks for talking to me. >> thanks, ashleigh. >> i said it, tune in tonight, because he has the fallout. it starts at 9:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. [ all ] fort benning, georgia, in 1999. [ male ann
that washington wld operate a little bit differently now that obama had been re-elected. and, you know, if you're a conservative republican you could argue that you wanted to beat obama at the ballot box, but if you could don't that, then it's time to cooperate with him. i think the last few weeks have showed us that that's not the lesson that most republicans took away from the election. and we're in for bitter, acrimonious debate for the rest of the year. very, very hard to see how much gets accomplished. and, you know, as you point out, they had months and months to deal with this so-called sequester, the automatic spending cuts, and they couldn't do it. they'll do something because they have to, but i wouldn't be too optimistic about kumbaya washington returning anytime soon. >> i agree with you there. president obama has said, though, the gun violence, immigration, they're at the top of his second-term agenda. will he find any support in congress with all this going on? >> if you look at his agenda, gun control, immigration, and these fiscal issues, they are the three issues that divide d
face to face right now by these two men, president obama and afghan president hamid karzai. and these two men don't always see eye to eye on those issues and more. cnn's dan lothian is watching this. dan, of course, we're always interested in what they have to say and there's a news conference scheduled for about 1:15 eastern time, but are we exine expecting any big announcements or pronouncements? >> reporter: we've been told by white house aides not to expect any big breakthroughs to come from this meeting. it is a chance for both leaders to sit down and talk about what happens next after 2014, the political, the economic, the security transition. some have suggested, as you said, that they should bring that number down to zero, so zero troops on the ground there after 2014. leon panetta, the defense secretary, saying that that would be a bad idea. what's most likely that there will be a few thousand troops on the ground there in afghanistan after 2014 to help in the transition. there's big concern as to whether or not the afghan forces are prepared, are ready, to handle
. there was an assault weapons ban from 1994 to 2004. president obama on his own by executive order cannot impose an assault weapons ban. congress has to do that. only congress can pass a law. all an executive order can do is use power that congress has already given to the president in a different law. >> even the most ardent and fervorous of the nra supporters will say, for crying out loud, enforce the existing laws out there. isn't an executive order an excellent tool to do just that? >> that's what presidents do with executive orders? >> one executive order that is apparently under consideration is the federal government does do some background checks on some weapons purchases. they might want to streamline that process and make it more useful, get it into the hands of law enforcement faster. that's something that a president could do on his own authority. >> virtually thousands upon thousands of people that have lied on their background checks and that is against the law and they are not prosecuted. >> that is something else that the president could direct the attorney general, start pros cu
obama, the 44th president to the united states believe it or not just became official within the past few minutes. here is how it happened. a joint session of congress held in the house chamber you can see vice president joe biden presiding over the session in his constitutional role of president of the senate. they counted the votes state by state in alphabetical order. >> the certificate of the electoral vote of the state of alabama seems to be regular in form and authentic and it appears mitt romney of massachusetts received nine votes for president and paul ryan of the state of wisconsin received nine votes for vice president. >> so on and on it went. they opened sealed envelopes containing the votes of the 538 electors. they examined the contents and they counted those votes by hand and low and behold they cast votes precisely in accordance with the results of the election. 206 votes for mitt romney and 332 votes for barack obama. so next step you remember this scene four years ago. on this year's january 21st, the president's second inauguration will take place. his new term act
on giving sort of the legal protection to u.s. troops. of course we heard him signal to president obama basically he's on board with that, he would get the okay from the afghan people, but in all respects, i think, gloria, you would say he pretty much gave the okay. >> he did. he made it very clear. he said if those issues are resolved, i can go to the afghan people for immunity of u.s. troops. it seems to me that that's clearly the crux of the deal that they were cutting. >> richard haase is with us, the president of the counsel on foreign relations in new york, a former u.s. adviser at the state department to then secretary of state colin powell, intimately involved in the immediate aftermath of the start of the u.s. war in afghanistan back in 2001. richard, a lot of viewers, american viewers, might be confused what hamid karzai is saying about his dialogue taking place with the taliban in doha, qatar, right now. a lot of us thought that the taliban was supposed to be removed from afghanistan because of their protection, support of al qaeda. >> any confusion when it comes to afghanist
with deficits or budgets or cliff. after newtown, president obama asked vice president biden to come up with concrete steps to curb gun violence and said, quote, no later than january. so right now in the eisenhower executive office building, which is right next door to the white house, joe biden is sitting down with gun violence victims and gun safety groups. and our dan lothian is watching all of this closely. this all seems to be unfolding fairly quickly, certainly by washington standards. so do we know at this point where the joe biden group is heading in terms of policy, or is it an open book? >> reporter: well, you know, to some extent, it is an open book. and you are correct in that this is moving very quickly, and the president had pointed out early on that when he formed this group and had the vice president lead it, that he wanted to get some policy proposals by the end of this month. so that's the reason that you're seeing this move very quickly. but some of the things that the white house has been talking about are universal background checks. that's something that they beli
, consider this. did you know the gun rights group has even been able to influence obama care. yep. the signature achievement of a president long tied to gun control bears the fingerprints of this ultrapowerful gun lobbying group. our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta has been looking into this and i must say, this really surprised me. >> they take credit for this, absolutely. the lobbying, the money certainly since sort of 2010 pushing to have some specific provisions put into the affordable care act, it was senator harry reid who ultimately put in. it's not a long provision, just five lines. it doesn't specifically say doctors can't ask patients about guns, but it really prevents any kind of data collection, any research, any making gun questioning part of wellness programs, like you might ask about smoke detectors, swimming pools, other things in the home, so it's a significant provision. the nra will say and we've talked to them, if people doctors know they have guns, could it affect their insurance premiums in the long run even though there's been no history of that
the worst. president obama will head back to washington from hawaii late tonight. he's expected to be greeted over confrontations with the debt ceiling. the debt ceiling is the legal limit on the nation's borrowing. in his weekly address, the president says he's taking a hard line on the issue. >> one ning i will not compromise over is whether or not congress should pay the tab for a bill they have already racked up. if congress refuses to kbif the united states its ability to pay its bill on top, the consequences could be catastrophic. last time congress threatened this course of action, our economy suffered for it. our families and our businesses can not afford that dangerous game again. >> on the first day of the new congress, lawmakers introduced nearly a dozen bills related to gun violence. they come in the wake of the connecticut school shooting and promises from president obama to take concrete action to avoid another tragedy. >> reporter: as students at sandy hook elementary return to class, former congresswoman gabrielle giffords, nearly killed in a mass shooting two ye
in america. the nra successfully lobbied to have it included in obama care a provision that prevents doctors from asking patients if they own a gun, and the nra also opposes a national gun database. what's the big deal? why not say how many guns you sell? or allow law enforcement to create a list of registered gun owners. talk back question today why the secrecy surrounding guns? facebook.com/carolcnn or tweet me @carolcnn. i'll be back. [ male announcer ] this is joe woods' first day of work. and his new boss told him two things -- cook what you love, and save your money. joe doesn't know it yet, but he'll work his way up from busser to waiter to chef before opening a restaurant specializing in fish and game from the great northwest. he'll start investing early, he'll find some good people to help guide him, and he'll set money aside from his first day of work to his last, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense. from td ameritrade. >>> at 30 minutes past the hour i'm carol costello. thanks for being with us again. lower manhattan in new york city for breaking news, pier 11 on th
of the connecticut school shooting and promises from president obama to take concrete action to prevent a repeat tragedy. big political ob stacks remain. anthenia jones remain. >> as students at sanny hook elementary returned to class, former congresswoman gabrielle giffords nearly killed in a mass shooting two years ago visited newtown, connecticut and on capitol hill, lawmakers arrived to begin a new session of congress with members in both chambers taking aim at guns. >> this is a fight that the american people are going to have to stand up and stiffen their spine. >> california democratic senator dianne feinstein plans to introduce a bill to ban more than 100 assault weapons. eight years after the old ban she championed expired. another senate bill would ban high capacity magazines and among nearly a dozen gun bills introduced on day one in the house are efforts to ban online sales of ammunition and to require background checks for all firearm sales, including at gun shows. two bills from freshman republican congressmen would allow more guns around schools. echoing the position of the nation
of defense, and the obama administration can, right now, put into place that we can be issued military i.d.s. we just can't be issued benefits where there is financial ties to it. so, you know, with a stroke of the pen, this military i.d. could be a nonissue. but back to, you know, your question, you know, the conversation with the group was can you access base, yes, i can, through my caregiver pass. and then initially it was the military i.d. according to their website, according to their facebook, at the time, it said nothing about a military i.d. all it mentioned was a spouse. you know, requirement of being a military spouse. >> so then what's the issue ultimately, you think? >> so, i mean, i believe -- i believe it is because i am in a same sex marriage and i try to, you know, ask the president and the board members to call me so we could discuss this, you know, farther. i never heard anybody. and then i went to, you know, basically the internet and wrote an open letter. and from there i heard from people all over the world, other gay and lesbian service members and their families, a
some jobs created for the folks. >> christine romans thanks for that analysis. >>> president obama waking up in hawaii this morning but the economy will hold at least some of his attention today and not just because of the jobs report. white house correspondent dan lothian joins us from honolulu. what is the spin thus far from the white house? what are they saying about this report? >> reporter: well victor we're still waiting for official response from the white house, but we can expect a similar reaction to what happens when other job reports have come out in past months and that is that look, the economy is now adding jobs, jobs are not being taken away, that the economy is moving in the right direction, but that there's a lot more work to be done. we've heard the president talk about how he's not going to rest until every american who wants to work is able to get a job. we also expect that they will talk about how the actions that the president has taken continue be to help the struggling economy, and that's why the president is trying to do things like provide relief for middl
stories we are following now in the cnn newsroom. >>> cnn has learned that president obama has nominated chuck hagel to be defense secretary to the former senator from nebraska is a vietnam war hero and served on capitol hill more than a decade but his confirmation process won't be smooth sailing. athena jones is at the white house. and athena, hageling anered some lawmakers, especially because of the positions he has taken on middle east issues. what has he done that could cause challenges, say, for him here? were vernely has proven to be a controversial figure, even though's republican. you would think this would be a bipartisan choice that could maybe please both said by let's listen to what south carolina senator lindsey graham had to say this morning on "state of the union," touching on several of the problems he has with hagel. >> chuck hagel, if confirmed to be secretary of defense, would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense towards the state of israel in our nation's history. not only has he said you should directly negotiate with iran, sanctions won't work, that israel
president obama took office in '08, the jobs numbers have increasingly -- you know, they've improved. but how do we know that we can expect that trend to continue in 2013, or do we just not know? >> absolutely. well, we don't know. it's really dependent on a couple things. they primarily relate to the fiscal cliff, the sequestration and a lot of the other activities. but if you want to go back and say what was the trend that the u.s. had before all this happened, we saw in the third quarter very strong economic growth, 3.1% had is some of the fastest in the world fortunately developed countries. we saw housing prices and housing starts and sales of homes go up often by about 10% and we've seen other factors that make the economy stronger, including the increase in the stock market, so we had a good run in the third quarter. we lost a little bit of momentum because of the uncertainty with the fiscal cliff. if we start hitting the debt ceiling and the other issues, we're going to have some problems. >> i expected that uncertainty because there was a lot of talk about that having really
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